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WordPress fix Reply To: Processing of comments is very slow

Discussion in 'Misc WordPress Requests' started by t-p, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. t-p


    Reply To: Processing of comments is very slow, by t-p

    Try these couple of things.

    (1) Limit the Number of Comments Displayed:

    By default, WordPress is set up to load all of your comments with the initial page load. However, loading bunch of comments, each including a unique avatar, can really create lots of additional HTTP requests. You can reduce the number of comments loaded with the initial page load very easily.
    Go to Settings > Discussion in the WordPress admin area.

    (2) Use Locally-Hosted Avatars

    WordPress has built-in support for Gravatar. This means that any user with a Gravatar account will have their custom image added as an avatar when they comment on a blog using the native WordPress commenting system. This adds a nice personalized element to the comments section, but comes at a considerable cost. When WordPress comments are loaded, every single unique Gravatar requires an HTTP request. So, for example, if a page is loaded up with comments from 50 different commenters, 50 HTTP requests will be required to download all of those Gravatars. As you can imagine, this can have a considerable impact on page speed.

    If you think Gravatars aren’t worth the added HTTP requests, you can have two options. First, you can disable avatars entirely by going to Settings > Discussion, finding the Avatars section, and unchecking the box to Show Avatars.

    If you do want to keep them, another option is to switch to locally hosted avatars. To do that, install a plugin, like WP User Avatar.

    Reply To: Processing of comments is very slow

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